UCLA Headlines February 5, 2014

IN THE NEWS:
 
Calculating Heart Failure Risk
Dr. Tamara Horwich, assistant professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on KABC-Channel 7 about a smartphone "risk calculator" she and colleagues developed that helps predict heart failure patients' five-year survival chances and assists doctors in determining whether more or less aggressive treatment is appropriate.
 
Syndrome Involves Intense Pain
Dr. Joshua Prager, assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology in the pain management program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was interviewed Tuesday on KCBS-Channel 2 about a rare disorder known as complex regional pain syndrome.
 
Will Cutting Taxes Help the Economy?
Timothy Groseclose, UCLA professor of political science, was interviewed Tuesday on the syndicated "Dennis Prager Show" radio program about a study indicating that decreasing taxes in the U.S. leads to increased gross domestic product.
 
Testosterone Therapy and Heart Attacks
KCAL-Channel 9 and a New York Times editorial on Tuesday highlighted a study by Sander Greenland, professor of statistics and of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and colleagues showing that men over the age of 65 and men under 65 with a history of heart disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack after beginning testosterone therapy.
 
U.S. Policy on Pot Legalization
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Tuesday on CNN about President Obama's position on marijuana legalization and the ongoing congressional hearing on marijuana policy.
 
Homelessness and LGBT Teens
An article in Tuesday's Huffington Post about musicians raising money for a housing program that serves homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens cited a study by researchers at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that 40 percent of homeless teens identify as part of the LGBT community.
 
Pesticides, Genes and Parkinson's
The Huffington Post reported Monday, and Asian News International reported Tuesday, on a study led by Dr. Jeff Bronstein, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Movement Disorders Program, identifying a gene variant that greatly increases the chances of developing Parkinson's disease among individuals who have been exposed to high levels of pesticides. Bronstein was quoted in the coverage.
 
Transgender Discrimination and Suicide
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday on a study by researchers from the UCLA School of Law's William Institute that found that transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals are at "exceptionally high" risk of attempting suicide, especially after experiencing physical or sexual discrimination or violence.
 
Risk-Taking and the Brain
Asian News International reports today on a study by researchers from the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and colleagues suggesting that when individuals engage in risky behaviors such as drunk driving or unsafe sex, it is likely because the self-control systems in their brains are not active enough.
 
Dieting Leads to More Weight Gain
A column published Friday in South Carolina's Greenville News about fad diets referenced a UCLA study that found that two-thirds of individuals who diet end up regaining more weight than they lost while dieting.
 
Food Allergies and the 'Hygiene Hypothesis'   
An article in Tuesday's Portland Oregonian about food allergies among children referenced research by UCLA's Food and Drug Allergy Care Center linking the increased prevalence of food allergies to the elimination of children's exposure to germs in a hyper-clean society.   
 
Why Suspensions Are Not Effective
An editorial published Monday in Iowa's Des Moines Register about an increase in suspensions at Iowa schools referenced a study by Daniel Losen, a researcher with Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, and colleagues on how to best deal with students with serious behavioral problems.
 
Recessions Create More Democrats
The Jan. 27 issue of Foreign Policy highlighted research by Paola Giuliano, assistant professor of economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, showing that Americans who experience a recession during adolescence or young-adulthood are more likely to vote Democrat and to believe the government should assist the poor.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Herbie Huff
Huff, a research associate at UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times column on the difficulties of commuting by bike in Los Angeles.
 
Dr. Larissa Mooney
Mooney, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Reuters article about the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and the psychology of addiction.
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